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Starting to medal: How players have turned legends in Indian badminton

Pullela Gopichand, who has groomed a generation of shuttlers, towers over his proteges in training, but there is a caring side to him too, players say.

HS Prannoy after winning bronze at the World Championships last week. “During crucial points, when Gopi Sir asks me to do something, I don’t think twice, I just do it. That is the trust I have,” Prannoy says of India’s head coach. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 05:22 PM IST
BySandip Sikdar

Beating Axelsen for this bronze even more satisfactory: Prannoy

HS Prannoy talks about realising his dream of winning a World Championships medal, beating the favourite and his surge in world badminton.

HS Prannoy with coach P Gopichand (L) poses for pictures with silver medal after the Australian Open men's singles final at the State Sports Centre in Sydney(PTI)
Published on Aug 27, 2023 10:10 PM IST

Badminton Worlds: Prannoy finds his 'zone' to beat Axelsen

The ninth seed won 13-21, 21-15, 21-16 in a contest that lasted an hour and eight minutes to assure himself of a medal.

India's Prannoy HS hits a return against Denmark's Viktor Axelsen (AFP)
Published on Aug 25, 2023 10:49 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Viktor Axelson, badminton world No 1 and a ‘smash’ hit

The Danish world and Olympic champion's immaculate attacking game has been instrumental in his dominating the men's circuit, the loss at the BWF India Open final notwithstanding

To call him a crowd favourite would be lazy. To say he was the beating heart of the pulsating atmosphere won't be an exaggeration. (PTI)
Published on Jan 24, 2023 12:21 AM IST

Watch: Vitidsarn falls on knees after upsetting Axelsen in India Open final

Kunlavut Vitidsarn produced an incredible performance on Sunday as he defeated Viktor Axelsen in three games to win the Indian Open title.

Kunlavut Vitidsarn reacts after beating Viktor Axelsen(Twitter)
Published on Jan 22, 2023 05:06 PM IST

Indomitable Axelsen meets rising star Vitidsarn for India Open title

Viktor Axelsen will be aiming at winning his second-successive title this year when he meets Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the final of India Open.

Viktor Axelsen(PTI)
Published on Jan 22, 2023 07:56 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Unstoppable Axelsen marches into India Open final

The world No. 1 produced an attacking masterclass against Christie

Danish badminton player Viktor Axelsen reacts during the men's singles semi-finals badminton match against Indonesian player Jonatan Christie, at the India Open 2023, in New Delhi, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan)(PTI01_21_2023_000322B)(PTI)
Published on Jan 21, 2023 10:45 PM IST

Lakshya Sen’s All England title dream dashed after loss to Viktor Axelsen

The Danish Olympic champion eased to a straight games victory in the final in Birmingham.

Viktor Axelsen, left, celebrates with his trophy on the podium after his victory over India's Lakshya Sen, right, in their men's singles final match at the All England Open Badminton Championships in Birmingham, England.(AP)
Published on Mar 20, 2022 11:59 PM IST
By, New Delhi

All England C'ships: Lakshya Sen finishes runner-up; loses to Axelsen in final

Lakshya Sen failed to conquer the final frontier in the All England C'ships, losing to World No.1 Viktor Axelsen in straight games.

India's Lakshya Sen in action during the men's singles final against Denmark's Viktor Axelsen.(Action Images via Reuters)
Published on Mar 20, 2022 10:55 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Axelsen lifts BWF World Tour Finals title after thrashing Kunlavut Vitidsarn

BWF World Tour Finals: Reigning Olympic champion Viktor Axelson thrashed Vitidsarn by 21-12, 21-8 in just 43 minutes to wrap up the men's singles title.

Viktor Axelsen lifts BWF World Tour Finals title after thrashing Kunlavut Vitidsarn(TWITTER)
Updated on Dec 05, 2021 10:23 PM IST
ANI | , Bali [indonesia]

BWF World Tour Finals: Lakshya Sen collapses in semifinal against Viktor Axelsen

BWF World Tour Finals: Playing at Mangupura Hall - 1, Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen overwhelmed Lakshya Sen by 21-13, 21-11 in just 39 minutes.

BWF World Tour Finals: Lakshya Sen collapses in semifinal against Viktor Axelsen(TWITTER)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 08:26 PM IST
ANI | , Bali [indonesia]

Olympics: Denmark's Axelsen wins badminton gold to break Asian stranglehold

Olympics: Denmark's Viktor Axelsen beat China's defending champion Chen Long 21-15, 21-12, taking control early and never loosening his grip in a relentless performance.

Olympics: Denmark's Viktor Axelsen wins badminton gold to break Asian stranglehold.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 02, 2021 07:48 PM IST

Lee Zii Jia wins All England Open men's title

The 22-year-old defeated Axelsen 30-29, 20-22, 21-9 in the summit clash which lasted for one hour and 14 minutes.

Lee Zii Jia(Twitter)
Published on Mar 21, 2021 10:50 PM IST
ANI | , Birmingham

India Open: Chen Yufei, Viktor Axelsen headline a star-studded international line-up

A number of top Chinese players, who were cleared to participate in upcoming BWF World Tour tournaments in Europe, are expected to participate in the USD 400,000 event.

Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in action.(Getty Images)
Updated on Feb 26, 2020 05:50 PM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Hong Kong Open: Kidambi Srikanth enters semifinals

It was Srikanth’s second career win over the Chinese shuttler. The Indian still trails Long 2-6 in head-to-head win-loss record.

File image of Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 15, 2019 08:11 PM IST
Hong Kong | ByPTI

Prannoy, Praneeth march into pre-quarters of World Championships

H S Prannoy stunned multiple-time Olympic and world champion Lin Dan in a hard-fought match while Sai Praneeth outplayed Lee Dong Keun to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the World Championships.

HS Prannoy defeated Lin Dan in the World Championships.(Twitter)
Updated on Aug 20, 2019 11:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Former World No 1 shuttler Kidambi Srikanth eager to get touch back

For Kidambi Srikanth, it is all about getting his rhythm, his “feel” back in this Olympic qualification year.

India's Kidambi Srikanth is hoping to regain form.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 15, 2019 11:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Viktor Axelsen withdraws from badminton world championships

The 2017 world champion has sustained a disc protrusion in the lower back, a precursor to a slipped disc.

File photo of Viktor Axelson(AP)
Updated on Jul 31, 2019 06:17 PM IST
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | ByAsian News International

Kidambi Srikanth heads to Malaysia after India Open heartbreak

Srikanth, who last won a title at the 2017 French Open, came close to ending the lean patch when he reached the finals of the India Open but Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen thwarted his challenge.

Kidambi Srikanth reacts after losing the final against Viktor Axelsen.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 01, 2019 04:14 PM IST
New Delhi | ByPTI

India Open 2019: Viktor Axelsen downs Kidambi Srikanth to claim title

World number four Axelsen pulled off his shirt in jubilant celebration as he beat Srikanth 21-7, 22-18 in 36 minutes at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.

File image of Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 31, 2019 06:38 PM IST
New Delhi | ByAFP

India Open: Kidambi Srikanth seals spot in final

Former champion Kidambi Srikanth broke a 17-month long drought by reaching the finals of the USD 350,000 India Open after prevailing in a three-game thriller in the men’s singles competition here Saturday

Kidambi Srikanth in action.(PTI)
Updated on Mar 30, 2019 10:54 PM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Saina Nehwal, Sameer Verma look to put behind All England disappointment at Swiss Open

Saina is expected to face second seeded He Bingjiao of China in the semifinals if the results fall in her favour at Swiss Open.

Saina Nehwal before her quarterfinal match at the Senior National Badminton Championship in Guwahati.(PTI)
Updated on Mar 11, 2019 04:25 PM IST
Basel | ByPress Trust of India

Sourabh, Kashyap, Ajay enter second round at Barcelona Spain Masters

Ajay will face former world no. 1 and top seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, while Kashyap is likely to meet another Dane Jan O Jorgensen in the next round of the BWF World Tour Super 300 event.

File picture of Parupalli Kashyap(Getty Images)
Updated on Feb 20, 2019 09:43 PM IST
Barcelona | ByPTI

Subhankar Dey makes it to main draw of Indonesia Masters

Subhankar, who had clinched his maiden title at Saar LorLux Open last season in Germany, defeated Australia’s Daniel Fan 21-11, 21-15 before overcoming local hope Gatjra Piliang Fiqihila Cupu 21-18, 21-18 in the second World Tour Super 500 tournament of the year.

File image of Subhankar Dey.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jan 22, 2019 11:36 PM IST
Jakarta | ByPTI

Premier Badminton League: Awadhe Warriors jump to second spot with win over Ahmedabad Smash Masters

This was Smash Masters’ second defeat on the trot after having topped the leaderboard in the initial stages of season four.

File image of Son Wan Ho.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 04, 2019 11:47 PM IST
Ahmedabad | ByPTI

PBL: Chennai Smashers thrash Ahmedabad Smash Masters

Chennai, who were drubbed by Hyderabad Hunters in their previous match, thus registered their first win in the fourth season of the tournament.

Updated on Dec 30, 2018 11:42 PM IST
Pune | ByPress Trust of India

Asian Games 2018: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth lead India’s charge in badminton

India’s tally at the Asian Games reads eight bronze medals and blanks in the silver and gold columns. Perhaps, it is not much of a surprise if one accounts for China’s dominance in the sport.

Pusarla V Sindhu of India in action during Celcom Axiata Badminton Malaysia Open 2018 at Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur on June 27, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.(Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 17, 2018 06:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByWasi Manazir

HS Prannoy enters second round of Badminton World Championship

HS Prannoy defeated Abhinav Manota in the Badminton World Championship while Lin Dan and Viktor Axelsen won their respective first round matches.

HS Prannoy defeated Abhinav Manota in the Badminton World Championship first round.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 30, 2018 01:51 PM IST
Ninjing | ByPress Trust of India

Kidambi Srikanth climbs to 3rd, Saina Nehwal back in top-10 in badminton rankings

While Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy are ranked 3rd and 8th in men’s singles rankings, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are 3rd and 10th in women’s badminton rankings.

Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth is ranked No.3 in the latest rankings.(AFP)
Updated on May 03, 2018 11:21 PM IST
New Delhi | ByIndo-Asian News Service

Kidambi Srikanth creates history, clinches top spot in men’s badminton rankings

Kidambi Srikanth became the new World No. 1 in the badminton rankings after the 2018 Commonwealth Games mixed team gold medalist overtook Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen.

Kidambi Srikanth, who reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, clinched the World No. 1 spot in the latest badminton rankings.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 12, 2018 01:32 PM IST
New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent
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